Armored Core V video game reviewWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Armored Core V (Namco Bandai)
PlayStation 3 review by Michael Siebenaler
This long running action simulation game series now offers impressive 3D compatibility in single and multiplayer modes. This fifth installment (14th overall in the game series), not a direct sequel to previous Armored Core games, presents a strong element in design aspects. The smaller mech sizes promote speed and agility as players help the resistance free the city and fight a dictator known as “Father”.
Players can quickly collect mech pieces and customize a group of battle-ready mechs in their garage – an involving yet satisfying process featuring over 500 items including kinetic, chemical and/or thermal energy weapons. The new “over” weapons (close range, long range, and area) can destroy targets with one hit. The customization succeeds on many levels without getting too detailed or long. Once the mechs are ready to fight, the traditional style play controls work well though they take some adjustment. Thankfully, players do not endure much button mashing here. Strategy and environmental cover creates tactical advantages in the largely urban settings.
Players create a new team, join an existing team, or even hire a mercenary who gets a stealthy identity because players cannot communicate with him or her. Up to 10 players can play in online network modes (two minimum), which also includes five-on-five team-based battles. Teams can designate “operator”, which basically acts as battle and resource manager in the field (using an exclusive display only visible to operators) and gives special orders through voice chat. Voice chat, messaging, leaderboards, and friend invite in-game options are great perks in the online modes. Requires 3600 MB hard drive space. A companion app for iOS and Android devices is also available. Hopefully the next installment expands the multiplayer options even more while offering more variety in the level designs (***, rated T for violence and mild language, also available on Xbox 360).